Examiners

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  RMFC have 3 BMFA examiners available to conduct tests  
  An online theory test is available of possible questions for both A & B tests compiled from the BMFA handbook  
     
    Please contact the secretary for further details of contacting our examiners    
    Area Examiner   John Bridgett    
               
    Examiner   Chris Anderson      
                 
        Dave Lynett      
      BMFA achievement    
    Fixed wing power A    
    Further details and downloads of test requirements are available on the BMFA website  
       
    Random online test questions can be found on the Midland Area website  
       
   

The Achievement Scheme is run by the BMFA as a National Scheme and it is open to all model flyers. Where a non-member wishes to participate in the achievement scheme the examiner who will be conducting the test must inform the BMFA office via email or telephone no later than the day prior to the test being carried out of the non-member’s full name, address and the date that the test will be conducted. This enables the BMFA to extend insurance at suitable levels for the day of the test. If this procedure is not followed the test will be invalid.


The 'A' Certificate

is a measure of flying ability and safety which "may be equated to a safe solo standard of flying" and an increasing number of clubs use it as their 'solo' test. As an Examiner, the level of competence you should expect of a candidate should be based on that criterion; that is 'is this person, in your opinion, fit to be allowed to fly unsupervised'.
A candidate wishing to take the ‘B’ must already have passed the ‘A’ in that discipline.
The candidate should have studied the BMFA handbook, any local site rules (if applicable) and be familiar with the 'Safety Code for General Flying' and the 'Operational Guide, All Models and Radio Control'. Besides being an excellent guide to the safe flying of model aircraft, most of the questions asked at the end of the test will be from these sections of the handbook.
There is a section in the Handbook that gives the relevant page numbers of these sections but remember that addendum sheets to the Handbook are published in BMFA News and on the BMFA website and these may also be relevant as they contain up-to-date information.
Also be aware that you may ask questions on any local site rules that the candidate should be aware of and these may form an important part of the test questions you ask.


The Model


The test can be performed with virtually any powered fixed wing model, i/c or electric. It is not expected that the test will be taken with an electric powered glider, however, as the Silent Flight Electric ‘A’ Certificate would be more appropriate to that type of model.
The minimum weight of a model used to take the test is 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) without fuel but with batteries
The use of a gyro or autopilot is not allowed during the test. If any such system is fitted to the model it must be disabled during the test and you should check that this has been done.
Electric Powered Models must be treated as LIVE as soon as the main flight battery is connected, irrespective of radio state and great care must be demonstrated by the candidate. The arming sequence should be clearly understood and discussed/demonstrated to you by the candidate.
Whatever model is brought by the candidate, it must be suitable to fly the manoeuvres required by the test they are taking. You do not have the authority to alter the required manoeuvres to suit a model and if, in your opinion, the model is unsuitable for the test then you should explain this to the candidate and tell them that they cannot use that model. The selection of the model to do the test is the responsibility of the pilot and it is their ability you are testing, not the model.

 
                   
    A candidate wishing to take the ‘B’ must already have passed the ‘A’ in that discipline  
                   
   

The 'B' Certificate

is “designed to recognise the pilot's more advanced ability and a demonstrated level of safety which may be considered by an event organiser as suitable for flying at a public display.”
As an Examiner, therefore, the level of competence required from a candidate should firstly be based on the question; 'has this person demonstrated their flying ability and safety to me in a satisfactory manner’ and, secondly, ‘how do I feel about them appearing in public, possibly at a large display, on the strength of the certificate which I may be about to award them'.
The aim of the 'B' certificate has always been to give the club flyer a personal attainment goal beyond the 'A' Certificate; a demonstrated level of competence and safety which is attainable by the average pilot with a little thought and practice.
For many years the 'B' Certificate has been seen by some as a 'display licence' but, whilst it certainly has its uses in the context of displays, it has always been much more than that. It was set up in the first place as a method of encouraging club flyers to gain further flying skills by meeting and being tested to a recognised national standard and this is still it’s main function.
The long term strategy behind this is that if enough club flyers qualify for their 'B' certificates then the general standard of flying both within your club and nationally cannot help but rise.

 
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